(The Liberation Trilogy, Book 1) Sandar takes a huge intake of breath and faces me with a pleading look. He’s asking me, non-verbally, to help him. Help my grandfather. Help the world. “So you’re basing the fate of a whole population on the survival of one man?” I ask. It must sound crazy, surely, even to his ears! “Yes, it so happens that we are.” *** She lives in a time when appearance means everything; when brown eyes are the key to survival, and dark hair is the only normality. A time when having any other eye colour means certain imprisonment - or even death. The world is governed strictly. It is all for their own good, they know, and no one dares question the authority of the government. Having any eye or hair colour other than brown is abnormal; it is an omen of extreme bad luck and death. Those who are born with anything other than brown hair or eyes are called Aberrations. It has been a decade since the last known human without brown eyes died, and no one has been sighted having any abnormal eye colour since. If you have the misfortune to be born as an Aberration, you will be taken away from your family, to a place no one returns from; a poor, defenceless child thrust into a world that is both cruel and filled with conflict. Her name is Auriella Vanhanen, and she is a blonde with grey eyes.